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Fiction - Poetry, Cartoons, prints~Rhodesia / Zimbabwe~~~11935~12434~Fiction (Rhodesia/Zimbabwe)%3Cbr%3EPoetry, short stories and novels covering Rhodesia Zimbabwe, Includes some well known names - John Eppel, The Rain Goddess - Peter Stiff, King%27s Gold - Glen Macaskill, Of Land and Spirit - Alan Thrush~
Changing Skins - Bart Wolffe~Nature poetry designed to seduce the reader, "Changing Skins" leads visitors to the wonders and wilderness of Africa, it creatures and its colours, its thunderstorms, its drought, its blood songs and beauty. This is the second printing of this book with new poems now included. Used in schools and by the tourist industry, "Changing Skins" beckons the reader better than any travel brochure could.
"This collection is about Zimbabwe, its diversity, its richness, its spell-binding beauty and intrinsic sadness. It is about what the Jesuit poet Gerald Manley Hopkins called "dappled things" and Bart Wolffe, musically and magically shows them to us..." Trevor Grundy, Editor Travel News 1995
ISBN: 978-0-7974-1460-0. Second Printing 2006. Softback 104 pages.~~Changing Skins|ISBN 9780797414600|~11935~12435~~
Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township - Christopher Mlalazi~Dancing with Life is a collection of short stories by Christopher Mlalazi He has had stories published in anthologies inside and outside Zimbabwe, but this is his first collection.
'Christopher Mlalazi may well be the most promising younger writer in Zimbabwe today. His fiction captures the edgy energy of townships where young people have learned to be light on their feet, their dancing born of economic necessity and mocking disrespect for traditional authority. Mlalazi depicts contemporary life m Zimbabwe with an uncompromising determination to ex­plore grievous social wounds and with a creative panache that will win him readers within and beyond his home country.'- Patrrcra Alden, Professor of African Literature, St Lawrence University
'Christopher Mlalazi is the rising voice of the ghetto, with all its violence, sharp anger, bitter protestations and tangible promise of a better tomorrow'- Rarsedon Baya, Writer and Columnist
'This collection sparkles with wit, sizzles with style and dances with life It is a welcome addition to Zimbabwe's growing canon and will be read and enjoyed for years to come.'- Petrna Gappah, Writer and Critic

amaBooks 2008. Paperback, 81 pages~~Dancing with Life|ISBN 9780797435902|~11935~13195~~
Echoes of an African War - Chas Lotter~A photographic anthology by Africa's acclaimed soldier-poet. Coffee-table format with alternative pages of haunting poetry, mirrored by some stunning original photography. Echoes of an African War follows the story of the Rhodesian teenaged army recruit who exchanged his home and his family for the world of barrack life. It sketches the years, until 1973, when a low-intensity war allowed a young man to explore the African bush. The story then bursts into the late 1970s when the conflict escalated into a vicious civil war. It covers the war's end in 1980 and his subsequent readjustment to civilian life before finishing in 1999 when, as a mature man, he looks back and remembers events that are now history.
Size - 330x248mm, 208 pages, 650 colour photographs.
ISBN 0 620 23091 6 - Standard Edition
ISBN 0 620 23091 6 - Deluxe Limited Edition~Size - 330x248mm, 208 pages, 650 colour photographs.
ISBN 0 620 23091 6 - Standard Edition
ISBN 0 620 23091 6X - Leather-bound Deluxe Limited Edition

Echoes of an African War marks a high point in Chas Lotter's 25 year writing career. This soldier poet's craft had humble beginnings - Chas Lotter admits that many of his earlier poems were "written on the back of cigarette boxes". Chas Lotter's writing quickly attracted critical acclaim in poetry journals even before his work appeared in Peter Badcock's volume : Shadows of War. The commercial success of Shadows of War led to another Lotter - Badcock collaboration; Faces of War. Chas joined the Rhodesian Diaspora in 1980 and settled in South Africa. In 1984, he published Rhodesian Soldier - a volume that matched verse with original photographs. Now long out of print, Rhodesian Soldier has become a much sought after collector's item with the scarce copies commanding a premium price.

Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Chas Lotter juggled part-time writing with his business interests and although he achieved occasional success with the select pieces in various journals, he knew that he had not yet told the full story of his service in the Rhodesian War. In the early 1990s, Chas committed himself to the project that would ultimately culminate in the publication of Echoes of an African War. Aware of the appeal of the poetry - photograph format, Chas set out on an ambitious quest to locate as many original unpublished photographs from the Rhodesian war as he could. His task was aided by the explosive expansion of the internet.

Photographs poured in from all corners of the world. Ex-servicemen of all descriptions as well as civilians, reacted generously to Chas Lotter's call for photographs. Within a year or two of beginning his research, Chas had accumulated hundreds of original photos and had become the unwitting custodian of a substantial collection of Rhodesian bush war related photographs. All were carefully scanned and converted into electronic format. Then began the painstaking task of searching out the few score photographs that would form part of the collage in the final book. Chas made use of the internet to generate advance interest in Echoes of an African War. His web site published galleries of photographs and published teasers and samples from the book as the launch date approached.

Echoes of an African War was published in 1999 and quickly disproved a long held belief - namely that poetry does not sell in commercially viable quantities in South Africa. The book was published in two versions - a leather bound collector's edition and a coffee table size hard back volume with a richly illustrated dust-jacket. Echoes of an African War is more than a volume of poetry, however. It forms a remarkable cultural record of the Rhodesian bush war and a unique window into some of the bitterest years in southern Africa history.~Select edition||Echoes of an African War - Std|ISBN 0620230916 Std|Echoes of an African War - Ltd|ISBN 0620230916 Delux|~11935~1478~Echoes of an African War - Chas Lotter, war poems~
Everything Mugabe Knows About Zimbabwe: The Truth Must Be Told - Brandon Foster~This is a comical crack at Robert Mugabe the President of Zimbabwe’s knowledge of his country and how to run it. The cover of the book makes out to be a real political novel of great knowledge with breaking news on the situation in Zimbabwe. When you open the book you are greeted with nothing, yes nothing, no writing, or pictures, just blank pages! The reality is shown that Robert Mugabe knows nothing about Zimbabwe. Get a roar of laughter from friends and colleges who think they are about to read a real political novel to be greeted with the humorous reality of Robert Mugabe’s knowledge of Zimbabwe.
2007. Paperback 120 pages.~~Everything Mugabe Knows About Zimbabwe|8947|~11935~11662~mugabe~
Four Voices - Poetry from Zimbabwe - Molomy, Wright, Eppel, Brettell~The quartet of poets represented here, coincidentally all schoolmasters, compose an engaging juxtaposition of life and style. Their poetic styles and idiosyncrasies of expression also make a wide-ranging variety, all, however, with the craftsman's respect for form which makes verse and not prose. The collection originated by chance, each poet having individually submitted work to the publisher about the same time, and happily so, as it is a pleasure that the voice of the poet should once again be heard in the land.
ISBN 0 86920 259 6, Books of Zimbabwe, Hardcover~~Four Voices|C ISBN 0869202596|~11935~1431~Four Voices - Poetry from Zimbabwe, Molomy, Wright, Eppel, Brettell~
Grumpy's Garage: A Book Mainly For Boys - Joan Darlow~By the author of 'The Rubbing Rock' (listed on this page below). A delightfully different approach to learning about the more mechanical aspects of life, with illustrations of modes of transport and a glimpse at some essential and unusual instruments to be found in a country workshop. A joy for boys of 4 -12 years and this book has been described by well-known Zimbabwean author - John Osborne, as "A children's book for adults!".
Trafford Publishing Dec 2006. ISBN-13: 978-1425102210. Paperback 36 pages
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ISBN-10: 1425102212
ISBN-13: 978-1425102210
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Purchase both of Joan Darlow's books and save!~Grumpy%27s Garage|ISBN-13 9781425102210|SET- Rubbing Rock / Grumpy%27s Garage|8806|~11935~11380~~
Life with UDI: A Cartoon "History" of Independent Rhodesia - Louis W Bolze & Klaus Ravn~Rhodesia's first ever "history" in cartoons. This "history" humorously, but faithfully, records the major events and depicts the trend of international attitudes immediately prior to and shortly after the Rhodesian 'Declaration of Independence' (11th November 1965). Although the "history" is light hearted, it has its serious appeal, and a few hard-hitting gibes. The main characters are, quite naturally, Rhodesia's Prime Minister Ian Smith and the British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, with the latter playing the villian.
Size - 200 x 160, 96 pages illustrustions, 4 pages explantory text. 2nd Impression 1966.
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More Life with UDI: Completing the Cartoon "History" of the First Year of Rhodesia's Independence - Louis W Bolze & Klaus Ravn~The continuation of "Life with UDI" covering the period of the first year of Rhodesia's Independence. Together these two cartoon books also shows life in Rhodesia under sanctions:- petrol rationing with petrol coupons, exchange controls, sanctions busting, inovative economical schemes, austerity measures, etc. as well as as how the implementation of sanctions affected other countries.
Size - 200 x 160, 90 pages illustrations, 11 pages explantory text. 1966.
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Manzovo: Place of the Elephants - Gary Albyn with Craig Bone~An exquisite coffe-table fomat 107-verse poem depicting the life of a herd of elephants as they journey from Mana Pools on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. The essence of the verses has been expertly captured in many new original paintings and illustrations by internationally renowned artist, Craig Bone. Nestled like a rare jewel in the inhospitable but alluring Zambezi Valley, Mana Pools provides the early setting for the episodic story of Manzovo: Place of the Elephants. Thandi, now at the height of her prime, is the astute and respected matriarchal head of a herd of elephants. She gives birth to Lesedi - the last of her five calves, and thus begins their sweeping journey through the bushveld and across the open vistas of southern Africa. While the herd has to deal with their brushes with predators, farmers, poachers and culling gangs alike, their odyssey across southern Africa also embraces some of the cultures, natural wonders and landmarks that give character to this region. So too are described encounters with some of the floral and faunal species unique to this part of the continent. The story portrays their epic travels through these parts at a time in our past when elephants were able to range, with relative ease, across the timeless plains of Africa. Both subtle and compelling, the story weaves in the arcane rhythm that pounds like a tribal drum deep in Africa's chest.
Included with the book is a 30-minute audio CD read by South African actor John Whiteley.
August 2008. ISBN 9781920143220. Coffee-table format Hardback with dustjacket, 210 x 297mm. 192 pages, +/- 200 colour paintings, illustrations, & maps.Book dispatched within 2 weeks)~The Book
A beautiful , astonishing 107-verse poem.

Nestled like a rare jewel in the inhospitable but alluring Zambezi Valley, Mana Pools provides the early setting for the episodic story of Manzovo-place of the elephants.

Thandi, now at the height of her prime, is the astute and respected matriarchal head of a herd of elephants. She gives birth to Lesedi-the last of her five calves-and thus begins their sweeping journey through the bushveld and across the open vistas of southern Africa.

While the herd has to deal with their brushes with predators, farmers, poachers and culling gangs alike, their odyssey across southern Africa also embraces some of the cultures, natural wonders and landmarks that give character to this region. So too are described encounters with some of the floral and faunal species unique to this part of the continent.

The story portrays their epic travels through these parts at a time in our past when elephants were able to range, with relative ease, across the timeless plains of Africa. Both subtle and compelling, the story weaves in the arcane rhythm that pounds like a tribal drum deep in Africa's chest.


The Author
Gary Albyn was born in the old Rhodesia in 1960 and grew up in Umtali on the eastern border with Mozambique. An avid outdoorsman, he quickly developed a keen appreciation for the beauty and allure of the African bush-a passion that endures to this day. Upon leaving school he managed to satisfy one of his other passions-aviation-by gaining admission onto one of the Air Force's exacting trainee pilot programmes. With the advent of Zimbabwe, and bigger prospects beckoning, he adopted South Africa as his new home in the early 1980s. Soon after graduating in civil engineering he moved into the corporate sphere and so began a successful career in the industrial sector. With a personal philosophy that values life balance-and an adventurous spirit in constant need of assuagement-Gary shares his time between family, career, staying fit, private flying, travelling, responsible 4x4 off-roading, research, sketching and writing.

The International Library of Poets® has honoured some of Gary's previous poems, one of which was recently featured in a published anthology, Forever Spoken. He lives in Johannesburg with his wife Paula and two children, Adam and Paige.


The Artist
Craig Bone was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia in 1955, where he grew up. He joined the Rhodesian Light Infantry in 1977. He was critically wounded in a Frelimo mortar attack while on operations in Mozambique and it was only because of some desperate flying from the casualty-evacuation helicopter pilot that saved his life. While recuperating he started painting, initially military-themed works, and in a short time he was to be recognized as an artist of some repute. With his passion for wildlife, and the Zambezi Valley, he was to become an internationally acclaimed artist with his paintings being sold worldwide. A painting of his was recently auctioned on behalf of the Vietnam Veterans' Association and fetched $106,000 - it now hangs in the Pentagon. He lives in Florida, USA but still manages to spend several months of the year in the Zambezi Valley.~Manzovo|ISBN 9781920143220|~11935~11961~manzovo, elephants~
Poems by 'T' - Hylda Richards~Born in Middlesex, England, of an upper-middle class family, Hylda Richards moved to a farm in Southern Rhodesia with her husband and two small children in 1928. They lived in a mud hut and cooked in a hole in the ground until they had made bricks and built a house. For the average farmer, these were precarious times: tobacco had not yet become the golden crop, prices were low, profits often nonexistent, and those who managed to stay on the land did so because they had courage, resilience and that cheerful brand of optimism, which is the very essence of pioneering enterprise. Battling drought, insects, food shortages, floods and bush fires, her indomitable spirit and sense of humour turned small disasters into a comedy of errors that she put into verse and regularly published in the national newspaper, The Rhodesia Herald and The New Rhodesia. Published under the pen-name of 'T', Hylda Richard's poems were a permanent and much-loved feature of Rhodesia before and during the Second World War. This A5 size novel contains humorous sketches amongst the 164 pages. It is a classical Rhodesian work that will surely grace the shelves of every Rhodesian in every walk of life.
ISBN 0-9549488-x-x, Size - A5, 164 pages, B/W illustrations.~~Poems by %27T%27|ISBN 09549488xx|~11935~11357~~
Rhodesian Soldier: And Others who Fought - Chas Lotter~As a field medic, Sergeant Chas Lotter served nine years with frontline units of the Rhodesian Army. It was during these nine years of action, emotion and savage experience that fuelled the poet's fire in Lotter. He started writing poetry "on the backs of cigarette boxes" in an attempt to deal with the realities of the war that surrounded him. From such humble beginnings emerged a series of vivid pictures of an African nation at war. Lotter's first work was published in Peter Badcock's Shadows of War then shortly afterwards, Faces of War - blending Badcock's pencil sketches and Lotter's poetry. Then, in 1984, Chas published this highly acclaimed book - Rhodesian Soldier, this time blending photographs with his verse to form a wide-ranging monograph of the Rhodesian bush war. This remarkable volume is a scarce and much sought after collector's item.
Galago 1984. ISBN-10: 094702008X. Hardback 111 pages. Colour and B/W photos.

Publication status: Out of Print. Scarce - very hard to get, collector status. Few good second hand copies available. Submit form below to request further information / indicate interest / reserve a copy. (Enter code TRS in 4th box).        
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Shona Proverbs and Parables - Jacob W. Chikuhwa~This collection of Shona Proverbs and Parables contains some of the most thought-provoking and contemporary proverbs and parables emerging from Zimbabwe. The collection links the pre-colonial Shona cultural expressions with the contemporary Shona folklore. The proverbs and parables offer penetrating questions and induce debate on the significance of the study of proverbs and parables. As well as being universal, they reflect their cultural roots. While the proverbs and parables provide amusement, they deftly impart lessons for living. The literal translations for each proverb and parable add insights for better understanding. There are times when "a small bird which does not search for food does not get fat", just as a person who is not willing to explore new ventures remains static. "A bird does not abandon its way of singing" like the old habits that die hard. What of "the one who recognises a path through a rock who is the only one that uses that path"! Surely, are those who are vociforous in condemning a wrong-doing not the chief culprits? It's no exaggeration to say this collection of Shona proverbs and parables is not only a source of inspiration to the young Zimbabwean generation, but has application for those studying African folklore and behaviour, sociology and ethics.
ISBN 9781425999339. Softback ~Authorhouse, 2007
ISBN 9781425999339
Softback




The book, Shona Proverbs and Parables, is a collection of some popular Shona proverbs and parables (tsumo nemadimikira) that are current today. Shona proverbs and parables probably date back to the time when wisdom and precept were transmitted by story and song.

It is easy to discern that proverbs were to a considerable degree of popular origin. Nevertheless, since most proverbs and parables cannot be traced to specific authors, they were most probably the utterances of moral precepts or conclusions by a particular member of a society. They came to be accepted by others of that society as their own, for they originated in the same experiences and observations, and were usually in agreement with the conceptions of life and conduct held by the members of the society.

The interest in proverbs and parables, and their collection goes back to the days of ancient Greece, to the paroemiographs and to Aristotle. Because of industrialisation and now globalisation, some proverbs and parables have transcended international boundaries. However, several proverbs and parables are restricted to one type of society or region.

As a culture, the Shona were lovers of tsumo nemadimikira. From the socio-economic hubs of Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo and Nyanga in Manicaland (and not to leave out Khami in Matabeleland), tsumo nemadimikira travelled around pre-colonial Zimbabwe. Some proverbs and parables have changed their form with changing habits. As these proverbs and parables spread among paramount chiefs, merchants, and subjects alike, each culture and society added a little more lore to the blend.

This book is pleasantly lucid and readable, eschewing unnecessary jargon, and holds the attention of the reader from the very beginning with the obvious depth of definition of the proverbs and parables. African cultures and folklore, sociology and ethics is rather a minority subject in American and European universities - when it is studied it is often from the viewpoint of the coloniser or focuses specifically on the relations between the European intruders and the Africans as an undifferentiated, almost monolithic entity - and this valuable exploration of Shona proverbs and parables, naturally coloured by a celebrated civilisation, will surely help to ignite interest in the study of African proverbs.

The interest in proverbs and parables has contninued to be a source of excitement to the literary man as well as to the ordinary reader. This work too should be a source of that excitement.~Shona Proverbs and Parables|ISBN 9781425999339|~11935~11644~shona~
Shadows of War - Peter Badcock~An coffee-table format anthology of drawings and poems depicting the development of the Rhodesian bush war.
Galaxie Press, Salisbury 1978. 50pp., 4to., illus., full brown leather with slipcase, No. 294 of an edition limited to 1500 copies, signed by the author, Salisbury, 1978. (One copy only).~~Shadows of War|8844|~11935~11476~Shadows of War - Peter Badcock~
Short Writings from Bulawayo - Edited by Jane Morris~Short Writings from Bulawayo is a book of stories, poems and non-fiction pieces that are evocative of Zimbabwe's second city and its rural surroundings. Some of the contributors are well-known, including John Eppel, Pathisa Nyathi and Terence Ranger, but the majority are published here for the first time. There are 28 pieces in the book from 23 contributors: from men and women, from the different races that make up our society, from people with very different educational backgrounds, from those with urban and rural experiences. Bulawayo's special character comes from a history of going its own way and developing its own style, as exemplified in the writings presented here.
ISBN 0-7974-2540-3. Paperback, 144 Pages. Published amaBooks, August 2003. ~AmaBooks, Bulawayo. August 2003
Softback, 144pp.
ISBN 0-7974-2540-3
Short Writings from Bulawayo is a book of stories, poems and non-fiction pieces that are evocative of Zimbabwe's second city and its rural surroundings. Some of the contributors are well-known, including John Eppel, Pathisa Nyathi and Terence Ranger, but the majority are published here for the first time. There are 28 pieces in the book from 23 contributors: from men and women, from the different races that make up our society, from people with very different educational backgrounds, from those with urban and rural experiences. Bulawayo's special character comes from a history of going its own way and developing its own style, as exemplified in the writings presented here.

The collection tells of many things: of family and friendship, of fear and death, of witches and spirits, of hunger and drought, of dreams and aspirations, of leaving home and leaving Zimbabwe, of queues and loneliness, of football and bicycles, of growing old and of love. A unifying theme of many of the stories and poems is loss of innocence, of purpose, of love, of culture, of belonging, of life. A reflection of our times.

Most of the writings are set in the homes, streets and bars of present day Bulawayo, or in the surrounding rural areas. We also get a glimpse through the eyes of the writers into the lives of different people at different times - from Makokoba in the 1920s, through Thorngrove of the 1950s to rural Matabeleland in the 1960s and 1980s.

The collection takes us from the elegiac quality of John Eppel's poem Rain in Winter to the rumbustious energy of Spencer Crewe's short story The Little House; from the scholarly writing of Terence Ranger to the fertile imaginations of Christopher Mlalazi and Farai Mpofu. Some of the stories and poems will make you sad and some will make you smile.

The pieces were chosen for their good writing, but also to reflect and celebrate the diversity of life in Zimbabwe. The inspiration for the book was to give voice to new writers who might otherwise be unheard and, through their writing, to bring together the different communities that make up Bulawayo - to show that there is more to unite us than to divide us.~Short Writings from Bulawayo|ISBN 0797425403|Short Writings from Bulawayo|Z ISBN 0797425403|~11935~1439~Short Writings from Bulawayo, Jane Morris~
Short Writings from Bulawayo 2 - Edited by Jane Morris~Short Writings from Bulawayo 2 is a collection of 22 short stories and 6 poems that take the reader on a journey through the townships of Bulawayo, to the rural areas and beyond. Pieces include those by the well-known John Eppel, Cathy Buckle and Pathisa Nyathi, and by some of the up-and-coming stars of Zimbabwean writing - Mzana Mthimkhulu, Christopher Mlalazi, Bryony Rheam and Derek Huggins.
It would be unforgivable in today's Zimbabwe to publish an anthology that did not reflect the struggles of the people to survive poverty and oppression and the way that cultural expectations impact on thier daily lives. As well as pathos, there is often humour in the closely observed portrayals of township denizens. Memories of an earlier rural life paint a very different picture to that of contemporary life. A common theme in the pieces is the singular fortitude of Zimbabweans in the face of adversity.
ISBN 0-7974-2896-8. Paperback, 116 Pages. Published amaBooks, August 2005.
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Softback, 116pp.
ISBN 0-7974-2896-8
Short Writings from Bulawayo II is a book of 22 short stories and 6 poems about life in Zimbabwe. To quote the back cover: 'The anthology takes the reader on a journey through the townships of Bulawayo, to the rural areas and beyond. It would be unforgivable in today's Zimbabwe to publish an anthology that did not reflect the struggles of the people to survive poverty and oppression and the way that cultural expectations impact on their daily lives. As well as pathos, there is often humour in the closely observed portrayals of township denizens. Memories of an earlier rural life paint a different picture to that of contemporary city life. A common theme in the pieces is the singular fortitude of Zimbabweans in the face of adversity.'

Many of the contributors to the earlier book, Short Writings from Bulawayo, published in 2003, appear again, including John Eppel, Pathisa Nyathi, Mzana Mthimkhulu, Godfrey Sibanda, Mathew Chokuwenga, Bheki Dube, Bryony Rheam, Derek Huggins, John Read and Judy Maposa. There are also different voices in this book, including the previously published Wim Boswinkel and Cathy Buckle, and new writers Gertrude Nyakutse, Mthandazo Mahlangu-Mhlanga, Addelis Sibutha and Tinashe Mushakavanhu. Jane Morris, the editor of both books, comments: "Everyone who enjoyed Short Writings from Bulawayo should also enjoy Short Writings from Bulawayo II. Several of the writers that were published for the first time in Short Writings from Bulawayo are developing into the rising stars of Zimbabwean literature and have produced excellent work again for this book. For example, Farai Mpofu's Whirlwinds, Mzana Mthimkhulu's Everything is Gonna Be All Right and Christopher Mlalazi's It's His Who Wakes The Hare are fine examples of the short story genre. There have also been some interesting changes: Tawanda Chipato and Pathisa Nyathi to writing poetry, and Judy Maposa writing prose instead of poetry."

Again, the majority of the writings concern the joys and difficulties of life in present day Zimbabwe. Some of the pieces look back, such as Gertrude Nyakutse's The Ant Hill, about childhood in rural Matabeleland, and some look forward, such as Wim Boswinkel's 2084. There is also beauty - in the prose of Judy Maposa and the poetry of Deon Marcus and Anne Simone Hutton. The book is a further illustration of the wealth of talent that exists in all the communities that make up Bulawayo.~Short Writings from Bulawayo 2|ISBN 0797428968|Short Writings from Bulawayo 2|Z ISBN 0797428968|~11935~10984~Short Writings from Bulawayo, Jane Morris~
Short Writings from Bulawayo 3 - Edited by Jane Morris~Short Writings from Bulawayo III captures the voices of a wide range of writers who portray, through their different styles and subjects, a society in flux.
In this collection are:-
Writers who have stayed in Zimbabwe, who have passed through or who live in the diaspora.... Writers who have won the Caine Prize for African Writing, the Welsh Book of the Year Award, the M-Net Prize, The Ingrid Jonker Award, the National Arts Merit Award...Writers who are known, and writers who will be known....All tell stories...All will contribute to a bright future for writing in Zimbabwe...For anyone who cares for Zimbabwe, this is a poignant and powerful book
ISBN - 0-7974-3131-4. Paperback, 150 pages. Published amaBooks, June 2006
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Paperback, 150 pages.
ISBN - 0-7974-3131-4.

A collection of 25 short stories and 7 poems launched on June 1 2006, which has been featured on BBC Network Africa and SFM, in the Zimbabwe Independent, the Herald, the Sunday News, the Zimbabwean and the Sunday Mirror, and featured on ZTV.
Writers include Caine Prize winner Brian Chikwava, Welsh Book of the Year winner Owen Sheers, M-Net and Ingrid Jonker winner John Eppel, Albert Nyathi, Pathisa Nyathi, and 26 others.


Previous titles
Short Writings from Bulawayo (now out of print)
is `a very encouraging project... set to win more awards at home and abroad.'
Zimbabwe Book Publishers Association

Short Writings from Butawayo II (available on this site)
`is a book that reflects the struggles of the people of 21st century Zimbabwe to survive poverty, hunger and helplessness, and the way that cultural expectations reflect on their daily lives.'
The Zimbabwean~Short Writings from Bulawayo 3|ISBN 0797431314|Short Writings from Bulawayo 3|Z ISBN 0797431314|~11935~11108~~
Sonatas - Deon Marcus~Sonatas is a collection of personal poems written over a period of five years. They reflect the author's experiences and varied interests, whether in ancient history, art, music or poetry and bring together aspects of life in their most basic forms. The poems in Sonatas are sometimes strangely utopian and hopeful, sometimes nostalgic, and tragic.

'His poems delight the reader becuase they approach the condition of music, a kind of indefiniteness, a form without leaden discourse, a rhapsody.' - John Eppel
ISBN 0797430474. Paperback, 50 pages. Published amaBooks, 2005~~Sonatas|ISBN 0797430474|Sonatas|Z ISBN 0797430474|~11935~11111~~
Take my Word - Joan Strong~A collection of poems, some of which has appeared in previous publications. Readers will warm to the poetic imagery; will be moved by the expressed sentiments and enjoy humour to the last 'Z'.
ISBN-13: 978-1906255176, Dec 2007. Softback 74 pages.~~Take my Word|ISBN-13 9781906255176|~11935~12218~~
The African Pioneer's Book of Verse - Selected, compiled, and edited by Alida Morkel~An anthology of poetry depicting the life of early Rhodesian Pioneers.
"Who could imagine such tender, heart-searing poetry flowing From the pens of those indomitable, courageous explorers delving into the dark, untamed heart of Africa?" Poems include some written by some well known authors/poets - Cripps, Fairbridge, Gouldsbury, Garstin.
ISBN -13 9781906255015, 2008. Softback 120 pages.~~The African Pioneer%27s Book of Verse|ISBN -13 9781906255015|~11935~12230~~
The Caruso of Colleen Bawn and Other Short Writings - John Eppel~A collection of fifteen short stories and twenty poems. The pieces range from poetry evocative of the sights, sounds and smells of the Zimbabwean bush and suburbia to bitingly satirical prose about present day Zimbabwe. John Eppel has proved himself in both fields of writing, being awarded the M-Net Prize for fiction and the Ingrid Jonker Prize for poetry.
ISBN 0-7974-2839-5, amaBooks July 2004. A5, 74pp.
Buy now and get one of only 25 autographed copies in stock !~amaBooks, July 2004
ISBN 0-7974-2839-5, Softback A5, 74pp.
A collection of fifteen short stories and twenty poems. The pieces range from poetry evocative of the sights, sounds and smells of the Zimbabwean bush and suburbia to bitingly satirical prose about present day Zimbabwe. John Eppel has proved himself in both fields of writing, being awarded the M-Net Prize for fiction and the Ingrid Jonker Prize for poetry.




John Eppel was brought up in Colleen Bawn but now lives in Bulawayo, where he writes and teaches English. His previous novels are D G G Berry's The Great North Road, Hatchings, The Giraffe Man, The Curse of the Ripe Tomato and The Holy Innocents; and his previous poetry collections are Spoils of War, Sonata for Matabeleland and Selected Poems 1965-1995.

'John Eppel is a craftsman of high order, a poet and a novelist who savages complacency with deft ironies.' - Dan Wylie

'Eppel writes in a captivating manner, taking the reader through a laughter-tinged journey to the dark side of life. He writes … about today's Zimbabwe, where those with power abuse it and those without struggle to make things right.' - Grace Mutandwa

'Like Marechera before him, Eppel is a bitingly honest and unencumbered voice.' - Rosemary Gray

'Eppel has the sharp observation of a naturalist. Not many Zimbabwean poets are able to evoke in a poem the particularity of the physical environment in the way he does.' - Kizito Muchemwa

~The Caruso of Colleen Bawn|ISBN 0797428395|The Caruso of Colleen Bawn|Z ISBN 0797428395|~11935~4813~The Caruso of Colleen Bawn and Other Short Writings, John Eppel~
The Incredible Map of Zimbabwe - Rose Ridgen~By the artist of "Meet the Rhodesians", "The Whenwe's of Rhodesia" and the "Wildside" collection cartoon books.The original but out of print The Incredible Map of Zimbabwe that was first produced more than 10 years ago has been 're-discovered' and is due to be re-printed! This it is truly a magnificently detailed and illustrated map which took the artist 7 months to complete. The map is a large A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) and is due to be printed sometime this year (no definite date yet - awaiting sufficient orders before printing) with a recommended retail price around Ł7.00-Ł10.00 excluding P&P.
(ITEM CODE - IMOZ)~~~11935~12312~~
The Rubbing Rock - Joan Darlow~By the author of 'Grumpy's Garage: A Book Mainly For Boys' (listed on this page above). The author shares the beauty of the African bush, wildlife and creatures in an interesting and colourful form for young and old who enjoy the outdoors. An intriguing story about the way animals live on Tamba farm in Zimbabwe and their collective use of the Rubbing Rock. The poetry is aimed at increasing environment awareness and attempts to show how animals, big and small, play a big part in keeping the cycle of life turning. The reader learns about all sorts of animals in Africa and their descriptions and how they live, at the same time learning the rhyming and use of words.
Trafford Publishing, Oct 2006. ISBN-10: 1412095743. Paperback: 24 pages

NOTE - see 'Special Offers' section at bottom of this page~Trafford Publishing, Oct 2006
ISBN-10: 1412095743
ISBN-13: 978-1412095747
Paperback: 24 pages



About the book
An intriguing story about the way animals live on Tamba farm in Zimbabwe and their collective use of the rubbing rock. Aimed at increasing environment friendliness and that animals, big and small, play a big part in keeping the cycle of life turning. Learning about all sorts of animal's in Africa and their description and how they live, at the same time teaching rhyming and use of words.

About the Author
Joan is an active grandmother, well known for her colourful bold art, specialising in watercolours. The 'Galloping Granny' as she is fondly known, is married to a farmer, whose love for flying has brought many exciting experiences. These stories and adventures have been told many times over for her grandchildren and Joan has now put them together to share with you and your children. Joan and hubby live on Tamba Farm in Zimbabwe, where she is busy with her next book.

Excerpts from the book


Purchase both of Joan Darlow's books and save!~The Rubbing Rock|ISBN13 9781412095747|SET- Rubbing Rock / Grumpy%27s Garage|8806|~11935~11378~The Rubbing Rock, Joan Darlow, ficton poetry~
White Man Crawling - John Eppel~White Man Crawling is a collection of short stories and poems by the award winning Bulawayo writer John Eppel. His stories are uncomfortably funny; his poems uncomfortably sad. His stories speak first to all of us, then to his own quirky nature; his poems speak first to himself and to those few who know him nearly, and then to all of us. For more than forty years John Eppel has been a unique double-voice in the annals of Zimbabwean literature: the satirist and the lyricist.
NB- His other publications are also listed in this catalogue page.
ISBN 978-0-7974-3390-8, 'amaBooks 2007. Paperback.~'amaBooks, 2007
Paperback
ISBN 978-0-7974-3390-8



White Man Crawling is a collection of short stories and poems by the award winning Bulawayo writer John Eppel. His stories are uncomfortably funny; his poems uncomfortably sad. His stories speak first to all of us, then to his own quirky nature; his poems speak first to himself and to those few who know him nearly, and then to all of us.For more than forty years John Eppel has been a unique double-voice in the annals of Zimbabwean literature: the satirist and the lyricist.





Excerpt from The Stone Painter:

His name is Farlow, and he paints the stones, dressed and raw, and the bricks, full and half, in the grounds of the police headquarters at the Drill Hall. His uniform is a khaki shirt, khaki shorts, car tyre sandals, and a red, tasselled fez. Farlow is a Muslim of Malawian extract. He began work at the Drill Hall some time in the 1950s. He was, by turns, tea boy, office boy, errand boy, and garden boy. It was part of the last mentioned job to whitewash the bricks and the stones, some random, some encircling trees, some delineating roads and pathways and herbaceous borders, some marking out jealously guarded parking space for the more senior police officers.
His first employers were the British South Africa Police, who kept law and order for a Chartered Company called Rhodesia. His present employers are the Zimbabwe Republic Police, who keep law and order for a Limited Company called ZANU-PF. His first employers gave him a black 28 inch bicycle. For greater comfort, he inserted a tennis ball under the saddle. The bicycle was commandeered by his present employers during Operation Murambadsvina when they were desperately short of transport to pursue prostitutes and fruit vendors. Now he walks everywhere.


Excerpt from Grass in Winter:

I gather armfuls of tow-headed grass:
the dusty smell is intoxicating;
then I dance until the last flaxen stalk
drifts away on a cross breeze. In winter
grass is blond like the children of settlers;
and, at dusk, there's a wisp of gold, a rasp
of strawberry, a rustle of ash, a
sighing of bottles without corks.


~White Man Crawling|ISBN 9780797433908|~11935~11435~~
Wildside - Rose Ridgen~Rose Rigden's (Artist in LW Bolze's "Meet the Rhodesians" & "The Whenwe's of Rhodesia" cartoon books) Wildside is an extraordinary collection of the humorous wildlife art that has had people from around the world doubled over in laughter. Rose's extraordinary knowledge of the bush is coupled with a gentle perception of real human behaviour. She puts the two together to create situations which are amusing to readers of all nationalities and all ages. Ideal as gifts.
2001. Softcover - 240mm x 165mm x 6mm, 96 pages of vivid full-colour cartoons.

NOTE - see 'Special Offers' section at bottom of this page~ISBN 0797425217
Softcover - 240mm x 165mm x 6mm
96 pages of vivid full-colour cartoons

Extracted from the book...

"Someone once said 'game viewing' consists of two groups of people. Some shouting 'there, there' and the other shouting 'where where?'. For many of us, looking at animals and birds is a passion whether in bushland, desert or by the sea. We watch by day or listen by night and love to observe the behaviour and habits of all creatures great and small.

Our artist, Rose Ridgen has spent many years doing just that, and this book is her perception that maybe, we as humans are not so far removed from the animals, as we think!

Discover not just the 'wildside' but the wildly funny side, when the watcher becomes the watched , and the true nature of the beast is revealed!

' I snuk up behind that one whilst he was re-loading '




' It's for you dear ... Animal Rights again'

NB - these images may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright holders.

~Wildside 1|ISBN 0797425217|Wildside|9197|~11935~1443~Wildside, Rose Ridgen~
Wildside 2: The Best Medicine - Rose Ridgen~Rose Rigden is an experienced Zimbabwean artist who has exhibited extensively throughout Southern Africa. She has gained international recognition for work in design and formal art. Once again, she shows her wry sense of humour in the transposed relations between 'animals and us'! In a fitting sequel to her best selling Wildside Rose's The Best Medicine is the perfect pick-me-up to bring a smile to someone's face. Rose shows us that whatever form we take, we all need a tonic from time to time.
Ideal as gifts.
Softcover - 245mm x 200mm x 6mm, 96 pages of vivid full-colour cartoons.
NOTE - see 'Special Offers' section at bottom of this page~ISBN 0620316306
Softcover - 245mm x 200mm x 6mm, 96 pages of vivid full-colour cartoons.



Rose Rigden is an experienced Zimbabwean artist who has exhibited extensively throughout Southern Africa. She has gained international recognition for work in design and formal art. Once again, she shows her wry sense of humour in the transposed relations between 'animals and us'! In a fitting sequel to her best selling Wildside Rose's The Best Medicine is the perfect pick-me-up to bring a smile to someone's face. Rose shows us that whatever form we take, we all need a tonic from time to time.

(Lady is carrying tick & flea chemicals)
" Here she comes .... with her weapons of mass destruction! "

" Hee hee ..... Must be genetically modified! "


NB - these images may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright holders.

~Wildside 2|ISBN 0620316306|~11935~10966~Wildside 2%3A The Best Medicine, Rose Ridgen~
Wildside 3: The Best of Rose Rigden - Rose Ridgen~Once again, wildlife artist Rose Rigden shows her wry sense of humour in the transposed relations between 'animals and us'! Much of our time is spent in pursuit of happiness and being the peculiar human form of life that we are, our natures take us along some strange paths and tracks in the jungles of this world. Just like a 'tug of war', our emotions pull us in different directions . We want to look and be 'smart'. Holding our own and yet rising above the 'herd' from time to time. Having a cause or opinion sharpens our appetites, although this can sometime lead to other consequences. As hunters for the truth or design for our lives we nearly always become victims of fad, fashion or trends. Watch out, there is a bit of you in here somewhere ......... Rose Rigden has combined the very best of her previous 2 Wildside books with a sprinkling of new bait to tempt you into the laughter trap.
Ideal as gifts.
Softcover - 240mm x 180mm x 6mm, 96 pages of vivid full-colour cartoons.
NOTE - see 'Special Offers' section at bottom of this page~ISBN 9780473118587
Softcover - 240mm x 180mm x 6mm, 96 pages of vivid full-colour cartoons.



Once again, wildlife artist Rose Rigden shows her wry sense of humour in the transposed relations between 'animals and us'!

Much of our time is spent in pursuit of happiness and being the peculiar human form of life that we are, our natures take us along some strange paths and tracks in the jungles of this world. Just like a 'tug of war', our emotions pull us in different directions . We want to look and be 'smart'. Holding our own and yet rising above the 'herd' from time to time. Having a cause or opinion sharpens our appetites, although this can sometime lead to other consequences. As hunters for the truth or design for our lives we nearly always become victims of fad, fashion or trends. Watch out, there is a bit of you in here somewhere ......... Rose Rigden has combined the very best of her previous 2 Wildside books with a sprinkling of new bait to tempt you into the laughter trap.


" Couldn't we track something small and fluffy? "

" ....and we are here! "


NB - these images may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright holders.

~Wildside 3|ISBN 9780473118587|~11935~11119~Wildside 3, Rose Ridgen~
Wildside 4: Golf on the Wildside - Rose Ridgen~Absolutely brilliant...100 full color pages of all the funny things that can and sometimes do happen on wild African golf courses. Wildlife artist Rose Rigden shows her wry sense of humour in the transposed relations between 'animals and us'!
.......... In ancient times, prehistoric man beat the ground with clubs, uttering spine-chilling cries! Anthropologists call this 'primitive self expression'. Today we find modern man exhibiting this behaviour in a game he calls 'GOLF'! ....
Ideal as gifts too.
Softcover - 240mm x 180mm x 6mm, 100 pages of vivid full-colour cartoons.
NOTE - see 'Special Offers' section at bottom of this page~2007
ISBN 9780473123161
Softcover - 240mm x 180mm x 6mm, 100 pages of vivid full-colour cartoons.

100 full color pages of all the funny things that can and sometimes do happen on wild African golf courses. Wildlife artist Rose Rigden shows her wry sense of humour in the transposed relations between 'animals and us'!
.......... In ancient times, prehistoric man beat the ground with clubs, uttering spine-chilling cries! Anthropologists call this 'primitive self expression'. Today we find modern man exhibiting this behaviour in a game he calls 'GOLF'! ....

" Right by the pin, should be an easy putt! "

" Stop trying to put me off with all those pathetic gurgling noises! "

NB - these images may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright holders.

~Wildside 4|ISBN 9780473123161|~11935~11617~Wildside 4 Golf, Rose Ridgen~
Wildside 5: Escape to the Wildside - Rose Ridgen~Rose Ridgen's best art to date! This 5th Wildside cartoon book carries on with a similar sporting/golfing theme as with her previous best selling book 'Golf on the Wildside'. Wildside is an extraordinary collection of the humorous African wildlife art where the artist shows her wry sense of humour by transposing relations between 'animals and us' to create situations which are amusing to readers of all nationalities and all ages. Ideal as gifts too.
Softcover - 240mm x 160mm x 6mm, 96 pages of vivid full-colour cartoons.

NOTE - see 'Special Offers' section at bottom of this page~~Wildside 5|9377|~11935~12611~Wildside 5 sport Golf, Rose Ridgen~
Special Offers~~~~11935~11651~~
Special collection discount: Joan Darlow - Grumpy's Garage / The Rubbing Rock set~Order both of Joan Darlow's Grumpy's Garage and The Rubbing Rock together and get a 10% discount off this set.~~Select items||Grumpy%27s Garage (Disc. price)|ISBN-13 9781425102210set|The Rubbing Rock (Disc. price)|ISBN13 9781412095747set|~11935~11670~~
Special collection discount: Life with UDI / More Life with UDI cartoon set~Order both of Louis W Bolze & Klaus Ravn's Life with UDI and More Life with UDI together and get a 20% discount off this set.~~Select items||Life with UDI (Disc. price)|C !152set|More Life with UDI (Disc. price)|C !153set|~11935~11671~Life with UDI~
Special collection discount: Short Writings from Bulawayo 2 & 3 set~Order Book 2 & 3 together and get a 5% discount off this set.~~Select items||Short Writings from Bulawayo 2 (Disc. price)|ISBN 0797428968set|Short Writings from Bulawayo 3 (Disc. price)|ISBN 0797431314set|~11935~11120~~
Special collection discount: Wildside cartoon books set~Wildside is an extraordinary collection of the humorous wildlife art that has had people from around the world doubled over in laughter. Rose's extraordinary knowledge of the bush is coupled with a gentle perception of real human behaviour. She puts the two together to create situations which are amusing to readers of all nationalities and all ages. Ideal as gifts.

Order a combination of any Wildside books, and get a 5% discount on those books. Plus a further 5% discount if you order more than one copy of a title!
NB - for each title you require, select title below and set respective quantity, then click 'Add to Basket'~~Select items||Wildside 3 Best of RR (Disc. price)|ISBN 9780473118587set|Wildside 4 Golf (Disc. price)|ISBN 9780473123161set|Wildside 5 Escape (Disc. Price)|9378|~11935~11648~Wildside, Rose Ridgen~
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